From the MA Review Archives: The Met's Carmen When It First Bowed in 2010

March 17, 2020 | George Loomis, Musical America
In keeping with the current spate of free streams available, Musical America will post its archived reviews of the original productions. Here is George Loomis’s review of the Carmen the Met is currently streaming on its website, originally … » Read


Beethoven's Leonore, with Crucial Cuts in Fidelio Restored

March 9, 2020 | George Loomis, Musical America
Washington, D.C.-based Opera Lafayette’s highly welcome production of Beethoven’s Leonore , seen on March 4 at Hunter College’s Kaye Playhouse, gave Beethoven enthusiasts much food for thought. Even the title raised an issue. … » Read


Kaufmann Stars in Estimable, if Schizophrenic, Fidelio

March 5, 2020 | Mark Valencia, Musical America
LONDON—The U.K.’s dearth of Fidelio s is at an end. It’s been years since the last sighting of Beethoven’s only opera, but to mark the 250th anniversary of his birth three major new stagings are scheduled, none more hotly … » Read


'Nevertheless, She Persisted' Transformed from Sow's Lips to Song

March 4, 2020 | Keith Powers, Musical America
BOSTON--Unlikely as it seems, Mitch McConnell launched a feminist rallying cry. “Nevertheless, she persisted,” he said sarcastically of Elizabeth Warren, as she tried to read a letter by Coretta Scott King on the Senate floor. (The … » Read


Curious Decisions Mar the Met's Landlocked Dutchman

March 3, 2020 | George Loomis, Musical America
Canadian director François Girard came to prominence at the Metropolitan Opera as the result of a single production,  Parsifal,  in 2013. Primarily known for his work in film, Girard has had little experience in other opera … » Read


The Dark Underbelly of Yuval Sharon's Sweet Land

March 3, 2020 | Richard S. Ginell, Musical America
LOS ANGELES—Mounting an opera is complicated, and Yuval Sharon’s company The Industry makes it even more so, on purpose. Sweet Land , its latest attempt to push out the walls of the opera house and sprawl into the surrounding … » Read


2 Weeks with Salonen & Friends in San Francisco

March 2, 2020 | Georgia Rowe, Musical America
The San Francisco Symphony’s Esa-Pekka Salonen era hasn’t officially begun. Yet Salonen, who was named the organization’s Music Director Designate last December, has already begun putting his indelible stamp on the orchestra. … » Read


The New Egmont Opera: Music 10, Libretto 0

February 27, 2020 | James Imam, Musical America
VIENNA – This is a city awash in the Beethoven anniversary. No surprise there, since he lived in 60 locations in the area during his last 35 years and composed some of his biggest works for local music institutions, all nine symphonies … » Read


Ellen Reid Meets Anton Bruckner; Renée Fleming Referees

February 24, 2020 | George Loomis, Musical America
At first glance, the New York Philharmonic’s program on February 20, conducted by music director Jaap van Zweden looked unusual: A group of contemporary songs, including two by Icelandic singer Björk, sung by Renée Fleming … » Read


Chicago Lyric's Queen of Spades Gets Laughs for the Wrong Reasons

February 18, 2020 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
When the local critic advises that the best way to experience Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades at Chicago’s Civic Opera House is “simply to close your eyes and listen, for the music-making hardly could have sounded … » Read

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